We help adults gain the skills necessary to thrive in community, social and professional settings along with providing social opportunities to practice those skills and build meaningful relationships.

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Thrill to Thrive


We offer specialized services to help participants meet their personal goals and thrive. Participants may take part in any number of the following service options.


Pathways to Independence currently has a waitlist for St. Louis County residents. We encourage you to submit an application to be put on our waitlist, and schedule an initial meeting with one of our staff to learn more about the program.

We do not currently have an estimate of when spots may open for services. However, in the meantime we will be offering drop-in social events for individuals on the waitlist to familiarize themselves with our program and have an opportunity to socialize while waiting.

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    Social Growth

    Social Growth focuses on increasing positive social experiences, expanding social circles, elevating self-confidence and improving self-esteem through supported leisure programming.

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    Social Focus

    Social Focus offers participant-led small group interactions with staff support for planning and execution.

  • Community Connections

    Providing support to participants to join and maintain membership with an existing community group.

  • Social College

    Social College is a series of discussions and activities focusing on participant-identified social topics.

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    GAP Services

    GAP Services consist of 1:1 training on social and related topics that impact the lives of participants.

Eligibility information

Learn more about whether you or your loved one is eligible to participate or for assistance based on the requirements for St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County or Jefferson County.

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Sample Activities for Adults

List of Upcoming Events
Event Name Description Region Category Ages Timing

Book Club

Each month, a different participant will lead the discussion of that month’s book choice.

Event Regions: Pathways Office
Event Categories: Arts & Entertainment
Event Ages: Adults, Seniors
Event Timing: Weekday Evening
Event Regions: North St. Louis County
Event Timing: Weekday Evening

Countertop Cooking

The Countertop Cooking theme for this month is Mexican food. Let staff know if you have any specific recipe ideas or requests. We will work together to cook several recipes, and then sit down to eat our creations.

Event Regions: Pathways Office
Event Categories: Educational & Instructional
Event Ages: Adults, Seniors
Event Timing: Weekday Evening

Dining Out: Applebees

Join some friends for a delicious meal. There will be lots of time for conversation. Choose the dining out event in a location near you: this allows you to meet people who live in your area. You may even exchange contact information so you can visit these restaurants together again!

Event Regions: Central St. Louis County
Event Categories: Dining Out
Event Ages: Adults, Seniors
Event Timing: Weekday Evening

Game Day at the Office

Pathways has lots of board games, or you can bring your own! We’ll spend the afternoon playing some games and getting to know each other. Bring a snack to share.

Event Regions: Pathways Office
Event Categories: Sports & Games
Event Ages: Adults, Seniors
Event Timing: Weekend

Kimmswick Apple Butter Festival

Spend the day exploring the food and craft vendors in Kimmswick at their annual festival.

Event Regions: Jefferson County
Event Categories: Festival & Museums
Event Ages: Adults, Seniors
Event Timing: Weekend
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Brian: Connect to Confidence

Brian moved to St. Louis a few years ago after living in Cincinnati, Ohio. Although Brian and his parents had family in the St. Louis area, he didn’t want to leave his friends and his job of 22 years at Kroger.  A month after moving to St. Louis, Brian secured a job with Schnucks. He […]

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Adult Resources

Small Group Planning Sheet

Use this sheet to plan your own social activity or small group with friends. This sheet will help you stay organized and on top of the details! Remember, if you want a Pathways staff to be at your small group, please call Jamie or another PTI staff to arrange this before you invite your friends.

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Community Safety Quick Tips

Review our general safety tips regarding such topics as money safety, transportation awareness, awareness in public and personal space.

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Counseling and Therapy Resources

Resources to find a counselor, therapist, group therapy, support groups or crisis help information.

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